Written and voted on by Department Faculty in June 2021.

The Department of Music at UCSB is committed to creating an environment where all are welcomed regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or national origin. We strive to engage with all students, colleagues, patrons, musical cultures, and repertories with respect and humility, and with an awareness of the privilege and power that are associated with working in a university and belonging to certain identity groups. We recognize that the study of music at U.S. universities is embedded within a history of colonialism, imperialism, and discrimination and commit ourselves to work to understand this history, to mitigate its effects, and to cultivate a climate and pedagogy of inclusivity and care. 

We aspire for the Music Department to be a place that recognizes music’s multiple forms and meanings, and connects music to a broader understanding of the world. Our faculty, staff, and students commit to listening and growing in our perspectives and working for change that fosters diversity of people and experience. In keeping with the mission of the University of California, we hope to encourage the free and open exchange of ideas, equity in access and resources, and we strive to foster an environment that includes traditionally underrepresented cultures in our teaching, research, performance, and other professional endeavors.